US report lays out apocalyptic consequences of North Korean electromagnetic pulse attack on America

A North Korean electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack on the US could wipe out up to 90% of the population through starvation, disease and societal collapse, a new congressional report has warned.

An EMP attack, which does not require the precision of a nuclear missile, could wreak havoc across the US, Peter Vincent Pry, a nuclear strategist formerly with the CIA, testified before a congressional Homeland Security subcommittee.

Mr Pry served as chief of staff to the congressional EMP commission and was one of the authors of the October report.

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  • Sounds like Y2K.

    Prepare for apocalypse.

    • EMP is real.

      • Tooth&Claw

        Yes it is. Guess we’ll have to build houses that double as Faraday cages.

        • ntt1

          its the distribution grid that is weak.

          • Tooth&Claw

            I was being slightly facetious.

  • The NoKo threat needs to be taken very seriously, with preemptive military massive strike on the regime there.

    Note that if the USA is hit by EMP or any nuclear device, Canada will be greatly affected too.

    • ntt1

      you bet ! It is called the North American Energy Grid for just that reason.

  • I honestly don’t know why no country has even thought about this and prepared for it.

    • Tooth&Claw

      Because they don’t care and never have about their population. Governments care only about power, and you can bet the officials in power have a safe place to be.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      I’ll bet Israel has prepared for it. They take every plausible threat seriously.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Because it is hysterical.

      • Anything that can fry a circuit isn’t hysterical.

        • dance…dancetotheradio

          The fear of EMP is borne of ignorance.
          For fuck’s sake!
          Do you know how many times the lights flicker at the station every day?
          Every time is an aw fuck moment.
          But you don’t notice down south because we got it.
          A bird, a tree, the humidity all cause line faults.
          Not afraid of an EMP.
          Deal with that shit every day.

          • No one talking about flickering lights and you know it.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I don’t work in an office building.
            I work in power stations.
            When the lights flicker it means something has just gone wrong.
            Then it’s time to run to the control room and put out the fire.

          • That’s nice.

            Now, what do you do about a system that can fry every circuit?

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Thanks for the pat on the head.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I don’t think there is a system that can fry every circuit.
            That is my fucking point.

          • How do you know?

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Do you know what ground potential rise is?

          • A large electrical charge through the ground, yes?

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Dealt with every day.

          • Again – what does this have to do with an EMP which can fry every circuit?

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Physics.
            Unless you are Klaatu.
            Now please tell me about global warming sosumi suzuki.
            I can only take crap for so long before it really irritates me.

          • You’re not explaining anything to me.

            If you don’t have an answer, just say so.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    An EMP cannot black out a grid for a year.
    Let’s just say I know.

    • ntt1

      if your home is surge protected you will be OK. no power but OK. its the distribution net that is vulnerable but this was all supposed to be fixed around the same time Y2K was getting lots of coverage

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        The Y2K stickers are still there on every piece of equipment.

    • Watchman

      A month without electricity or food will destroy most of infrastructure and kill the majority of the people. So much of the civilisation is very dependent on prompt and regular deliveries of all that we need in day to day. The Mormons and preppers are likely to be in the best position to survive but even then replacement parts for delivery vehicles might be hard to source, and then deliver to where they are needed.

      • El Martyachi ✓ᴴᵉˡᶦᶜᵒᵖᵗᵉʳᶦˢᵗ

        Optimist!

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        Electricity is far more robust than you know.
        The regulations piss us off because they seem far in excess of what we need to be compliant.

        • Watchman

          It might be – I worry more about the trucking system and how resilient to EMP the average semi-trailer tractor is. The US relies very heavily on just in time deliveries to get food around. In the event of a power outage, all of the frozen food in the chain might be destroyed, and thus having a working food distribution system to move all of the long life goods becomes critical. The farmers must be able to plant and harvest their crops to keep the survivors alive. We could survive without electricity for a week, we might not survive as a country if we can’t get the farm tractors and the food distribution tractors working after that.

  • ntt1

    there was a fair bit of hysteria about this topic ten years ago , at that time energy boffins rushed to assure us EMP hardening was being done on the North American Energy Grid. If that turns out to be bullshit somebody has to pay.

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      NERC compliance is a bitch.

    • A Hamilton Guy

      They are trained to say, ” that’s not my job, it’s Farley’s”.

  • vwVwwVwv

    Guys the Missile will not start in N Korea, it will start from a ship off your shores.

    • ntt1

      maybe that mystery rocket erupting just off SF 2 years ago was a test?

  • Watchman

    Honestly, the threat from an EMP attack by North Korea or Iran is the biggest threat to the USA and Europe short of a species-destroying meteorite strike, and much, much more likely. The danger is so much greater than any so called ‘Global Warming’ with a death toll that would beggar the imagination.

    Yet we are spending almost nothing on hardening our countries from it, presumably be cause the politicians think that the prospects are so terrible they dare not attempt to try in case people realise the seriousness of the threat.